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RE: Why Apple Developed the Swift Programming Language - Hint - Apple Car

If you're going to make claims about a thing, it really, really helps those claims are correct. Otherwise, it has a deleterious effect on the rest of your claims. As far as anecdotes on car reliability, okay, I had a '73 mustang which was perennially requiring tuneups and other preventative maintenance. I also had a 2000 civic which required naught but scheduled checkups and on-time fluid replacements. The '73 was far simpler to troubleshoot, which was good since I had to do it all the bloody time. Anecdote countered. My wife's previous car was a 2000 impala which was, to…

RE: Why Apple Developed the Swift Programming Language - Hint - Apple Car

John, you posted two questions, both of which deal with safer languages, and then draw a line that says Swift was created for cars because...2+2 = cheese? There's a gob of reasons for swift that have nothing to do with cars. Safer languages are a requirement *everywhere*. If a car is built, I've no doubt much of it's code will be in swift. But there is a huge, huge difference between that and your assertion, which is that the primary motivator for Swift was the car. That you have yet to show. And again, the number of lines of code…

RE: Why Apple Developed the Swift Programming Language - Hint - Apple Car

Except the F-104 was a horrible air superiority aircraft everywhere but on paper. Huge turning radius, incredibly bad low-speed behavior. If you only needed it to fly in a straight line really fast, it was awesome. Which is probably why there are less than 5 confirmed F-104 air-to-air kills in the operational history of the airframe, almost 20 years. It was very pretty, but also more hazardous to its own pilots and maintenance crews than it was to enemy aircraft. In terms of reliability and cost of maintenance, that 1969 Mustang is going to cost you a lot more money…

RE: Apple Shareholder Wants to Force Executive Diversity

it's not an either/or thing. The problem is the scope of the search. Most companies in the valley, including Apple only really talk to other companies in the valley. What are most companies in the valley? Honkietown. This is the problem with how insular the tech industry has become. If you don't live in the valley/bay area, you don't exist. Some people have heard of New York, but that's really only for losers. There are, last I checked, 50 states in the US, not 1.1. Maybe if Apple et al diversified their sources, they might find a wider range of…

RE: Tim Cook Says the 'Hump' Makes Apple's Smart Case Easier to Put on

"Apple's humped case should make it far easier to remove, a rare case where Apple is putting function over form." But it's not. That's how proper design should work. Part of the *function* of a battery case includes: 1) How easy is it for people who may have a wide range of physical mobility to put on and take off. If you can't do that easily, then you lose functionality. 2) How well does it interoperate with other accessories? One of the reasons I don't get otterbox cases is because then you have to get otterbox-compatible versions of every other…

RE: 3 Reasons Apple's TV Subscription Service Failed

It cannot have failed. Nor can it have succeeded. It never existed. A thing that was never implemented or started cannot fail, or succeed anymore than a Unicorn can lose the Kentucky Derby. By this standard, Apple's Television Set was an Abject failure, as was their airplane, starship, lunar mining colony and clone farm. This is the kind of thing one expects to see from Gawker.

RE: Factions Form For and Against Upcoming 'Steve Jobs' Film

Of course Woz gave it his blessing. He consulted on it and made $200K from it. Pay me $200K and I'll explain in detail why "Showgirls" is a tour de force, a cinematographical masterpiece. if we're going to take the opinions of Scott Rudin with a grain of salt, then the opinions of someone paid by the moviemakers should also be taken with some skepticism.

RE: iFixit's Apple TV Tear Down Screwed Developers

NDA'd hardware is a very different thing in Apple's world than software they are *publicly beta testing* anyway. In addition, iFixit could have waited to publish the takeapart. But no, they had to be able to claim FIRST. And yes, it does make things suck for other devs. Downloading OS releases used to be the simplest thing in the world, even after Steve came back. But no one could respect a friggin' NDA and so it was locked down more and more.

RE: iFixit's Apple TV Tear Down Screwed Developers

The "Apple should have known" line is nonsense, and blaming Apple for iFixit's actions. Is iFixit run by and composed of children? No. They're adults. As well, IFixit could have easily carefully taken the unit apart, built and tested their guide, then...*not published it until the new AppleTV was publicly available.* The taking apart was a venial sin, it was the publishing a takeapart guide for beta hardware, literally pissing on the NDA that they agreed to and knew about that was the mortal sin. Why would iFixit do this? Why any YouTube comment stream will answer that question: "FIRST!"…

RE: This Is How You Know It's Time for Apple Car

The fact people don't like what he's saying doesn't detract from his legitimate points. The comparisons to the comments from Palm are silly for a number of reasons, the biggest being that the difference between a cell phone and a laptop are, when you look at it, minor. Conceptually, and in terms of upgradeability and the rest, there's a micron's worth of difference between them. A car is a different beast. He's right when he points out that the auto industry margins suck. As well, the infrastructure costs of making a car stay pretty much constant. You can't make 1500lbs…